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MRI Diagnostic Test 101

Tips For When You Are In An MRI Machine

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  • Do what you can to stay awake during the test. If you fall asleep, you are more likely to move than when you awake.
  • If there is music piped into the area of the machine where you will be, tell the technician what music you would like. You do not have to listen to whatever they happen to have in the system from the last patient. (The music will sound loud at the beginning, but that is to offset the high volume of the noise in the MRI machine).
  • If there isn't music to listen to, think about something other than where you are. David S. pictures himself on a beach he used to walk at sunrise, with the sun just peeking over the horizon, the coldish warm sand under his feet, with waves gently washing against the beach, and Sandpiper birds running back and forth just ahead of the waves.
  • If you meditate, being in an MRI machine is a good time to practice.
  • Keep in mind that you have the choice of getting out of the machine at any time. 

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